Kai: So why do we homestead?
It’s strange to say, but we grew up being home-schooled before it was cool.
However, it did not prevent us from living a typical modern childhood full of television screens and video games. We ate as the average household did, and so on. This didn’t mean we didn’t have interests in animals and nature, but we just weren’t close to it as we are now. As we grew older we began to ask more questions about health, where our food comes from, and what it really means to use chemicals in and around the house. This led to the discontinued use of many products, and a huge dietary change. We began to get more interested in skills we had only dabbled in before.
And then came the reading, educational videos and classes, which led to the hard work of actually experiencing it all, entailing truck loads of mulch, planting trees, the building of coops and much more. Trial-and-error followed us, as it does for anyone, and we learned the best lessons through the experiences, rather than from the books.
Although it seemed like a less traveled road at the time, we began to meet others following the same path, and we discovered that this is a story told again and again.
And I think it’s safe to say, it is also a story of healing, connection, and discipline.
How did you start your homesteading journey?